Frank M. Jr. and Susan Prather Adams
Frank M. Jr. and Susan Prather Adams of Columbus died Aug. 28, 2003, in a single car wreck near Gaylord, Mich., on their way to Mackinaw Island to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary.
Michigan State Police (Gaylord post) reports say the two were traveling in the northbound lane of I-75 in Livingston Township when the 2002 Toyota Avalon driven by Susan Adams went out of control and crashed.
Frank Adams, 63, was head of Frank Adams Associates architectural firm in Columbus. He was the architect for Knobview Hall and the Paul V. Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany.
He was a 1958 graduate of New Albany High School, a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned an architecture degree, and the American Institute of Architecture, where he earned a master’s degree. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Adams was a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard in the 1960s, and a member of Columbus Rotary Club, Harrison Lake Country Club, and North Christian Church, where he held several offices including elder, past board chair and trustee. He also served on the board of the Southwest County Water Co. for 30 years and was a member of the American Institute of Architects.
‘He learned his lessons about life at home and at school, and taught them well to those he loved,’ said his sister, Susan Adams of New Albany. ‘He always had kind words for and about people, and he designed many wonderful buildings.’
A native of New Albany, born March 24, 1940, he was the son of Frank Sr. and Dorothy M. Adams of New Albany, formerly of Corydon.
Survivors besides his parents and sister include a son, Ben Adams of Columbus; and a daughter, Tricia Adams of Indianapolis.
A native of Columbus, born Aug. 7, 1944, Susan Prather Adams, 59, was the daughter of Jean A. Stambaugh Prather of Columbus and the late Marshall O. Prather.
She was a graduate of North High School and Indiana University, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa and earned a master’s degree in education. She was an elementary school teacher, special reading tutor and a substitute teacher. She was an elder, Sunday school teacher and charter member of North Christian Church in Columbus, and a member of PEO, Culture Club and Psi Iota Xi sorority.
She served as a guide/docent for the architectural tours of Columbus, and was an active member of the Bartholomew County Historical Society.
Survivors besides her children and her mother include three brothers, David, Richard and Doug Prather, all of Columbus; and a sister, Sally Ramsey of Columbus.
A double funeral service was Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at North Christian Church in Columbus with burial at Garland Brooke Cemetery. The Rev. Greg Russell officiated. Barkes, Inlow and Weaver Funeral Home in Columbus handled the arrangements.